Creative Lawyering - British Style

Language butchery by Mr Rich on  28.9.07 @ 13:50

So I'm browsing BBC's top stories today while I am "indisposed" (a blackberry with WAP net access has displaced my bathroom literature). I started reading a story on the situation in Burma.

I've been following the situation in Myanmar quite closely as I have an affinity for that part of the world. The marxist in me also delights at the sight of the masses rising up against their oppressors - and the ruling military junta in Burma certainly qualifies as oppressive. Anyway, after getting to the end of the latest update - which by the way, tells about how the junta has cut internet access and confiscating mobile phones and cameras - I ran into this note:

Are you in the area? Are you affected by the events in Burma? Send us your comments using the form below.

You can send your pictures and moving footage to or text them to + 44 (0) 7725 100 100

When taking photos or filming please do not endanger yourself or others, take unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.

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Parkingin the Cul-de-Sac

Language butchery by redhotknitter on  26.9.07 @ 14:09

We live in a cul-de-sac. Parking can be a problem. There is more driveway than curb and people don't park well. When we moved in our neighbor's father kept pulling straight up to the curb in front of his son's house and making it difficult but not impossible for me to pull into my side of the driveway. He finally figured this out and has been making an effort to park in safer places.

Today, however, took the cake. I came home for lunch, as I often do. There were four cars parked around the cul-de-sac. One was parked directly in front of our driveway. In front of as in I couldn't get into our driveway. This made me angry. I really had to restrain myself from getting the sledgehammer and taking it to the car. Or calling a tow truck to take it away. Instead I parked far away and walked to my house. I didn't even leave a note, because whatever it was going to say, it wasn't going to be nice. At all. And I think the person may have been at the born-again's house and for some reason I'm trying not to piss them off. Even though I don't like them at all. I should've left a note. Or called the tow truck. Or smashed their windows in. Now I'm just left angry.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Language butchery by Mr Rich on  24.9.07 @ 22:18

Click on the picture to get a bigger view.

So - this is the screen of my blackberry. After a 70 hour work week the previous week, a trip across the continent to a client - and a "oh shit - get your ass to BFE to bail out this other client" message, I look on my blackberry to see what all the messages are buzzing about.

How nice. I get a lunch for my extra effors. I decided to take a picture of that (lower right).

Now imagine my surprise when I look at the latest message (top one at upper left). So much for that.

Mi esclavo a trabajo.

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